Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 15, 2006
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scores the fastest overtime goal in the history of the NHL in 6 seconds against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
IT security company Symantec
Corp signs a definitive agreement to merge with Veritas Software
Corp, valued at $13.5 billion, in an all-stock transaction.
The South Korean high-speed rail system, Korea Train Express, opens between Seoul and Busan.
n terrorists take a bus and its passengers hostage in Athens
and demand 1 million euros in ransom money.
The House of Lords
rules that the British Government breaches human rights
legislation, by detaining without trial foreign nationals suspected of being terrorists.
Friday, December 15, 2000
Reactor 3, the last reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, is shut down due to Western political pressure. Disney's "Emperor's New Groove" is released in movie theatres.
Thursday, December 15, 1994
s between homosexuals are legalized in Sweden.
Sunday, December 15, 1991
The Egyptian ferry "Salem Express" sinks in the Red Sea, killing more than 450.
Friday, December 15, 1989
Brazil holds the second round of its first free election in 29 years Fernando Collor de Mello wins.
The first full-length episode of "The Simpsons", Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, is shown on Fox.
The Romanian Revolution
begins in Timişoara
when rioters break into the Committee Building and cause extensive vandalism. Their attempts to set the buildings on fire are foiled by military units.
Tuesday, December 15, 1981
Monday, December 15, 1980
Friday, December 15, 1978
Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to go into default since the Great Depression, under Mayor Dennis Kucinich.
Saturday, December 15, 1973
Friday, December 15, 1967
Thursday, December 15, 1966
The U.N. Security Council approves an oil embargo against Rhodesia
Tuesday, December 15, 1964
In the wake of deadly riots in January over control of the Panama Canal
, the U.S. offers to negotiate a new canal treaty.
The deadly Christmas flood of 1964
begins It becomes one of the most destructive weather events to affect Oregon in the 20th century.
Saturday, December 15, 1962
Storm over North Sea. Belgian pirate radio station Radio Uylenspiegel is knocked off the airwaves, never to operate again.
Friday, December 15, 1961
An Israeli war crimes tribunal sentences Adolf Eichmann to die for his part in The Holocaust.
Monday, December 15, 1958
Arthur L. Schawlow and Charles H. Townes of Bell Laboratories publish a paper in "Physical Review Letters" setting out the principles of the optical laser.
Thursday, December 15, 1949
A typhoon strikes a fishing fleet off Korea, killing several thousand.
Wednesday, December 15, 1948
The United States Department of Justice indicts Alger Hiss on two counts of perjury
Friday, December 15, 1944
A private airplane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappears in heavy fog over the English Channel while flying to Paris.
Friday, December 15, 1939
Friday, December 15, 1933
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The US 21st Amendment officially goes into effect, alcohol becomes legal in the US.
The British Plastics Federation (the oldest in the world) is founded.
Thursday, December 15, 1927
Marion Parker, 12, is kidnapped in Los Angeles. Her dismembered body is found on December 19, prompting the largest manhunt to date on the West Coast for her killer, William Edward Hickman, who is arrested on December 22 in Oregon.
Wednesday, December 15, 1920
December 22 ndash The Brussels Conference establishes a timetable for German war reparations intended to extend for over 42 years.
Tuesday, December 15, 1914
A gas explosion at the Mitsubishi
Hojyo coal mine, Kyūshū
, Japan, kills 687 (the worst coal mine disaster in Japanese history).
Monday, December 15, 1873
Thursday, December 15, 1864
Brazil invades Uruguay in support of Venancio Flores. Paraguay attacks Brazil and loses terribly.
December 16 ndash American Civil War ndash Battle of Nashville: Union forces decisively defeat the Confederate Army of Tennessee.
Imperial forces assault the Taiping capital of Nanking in the last great battle of the civil war.
The Dutch conquer southern Sumatra
The first Quanjude roast duck restaurant opened in Beijing Qianmen Street.
Tuesday, December 15, 1840
Thursday, December 15, 1836
Thursday, December 15, 1814
Thursday, December 15, 1791
A slave rebellion begins in Haiti see Haitian Revolution.
An ordinance is written barring the game of baseball within 80 yards of the Meeting House in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
(first known reference to the game of baseball in North America).
Saturday, December 15, 1612
Monday, December 15, 1597
writes a letter to Tycho about his book, "Mysterium Cosmographicum".
Monday, December 5, 1575 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, December 8, 1256 (Julianian calendar)
The Japanese Kenchō
era ends, and the Kōgen
Hulagu Khan establishes the Ilkhanate dynasty of Persia, which will become one of four main divisions of the Mongol Empire.
Thursday, December 12, 687 (Julianian calendar)
Tuesday, December 13, 533 (Julianian calendar)
Battle of Tricamarum
: Gelimer assembles an army of about 50,000 men at Bulla Regia
), and advances towards Carthage. Belisarius moves out to meet the Vandals, he leads the Byzantine cavalry (5,000 men) into battle. Without waiting for his infantry to come up, he charges, despite odds of almost 10-to-1, and throws Gelimer in confusion. Belisarius captures the Vandal c by storm. Tzazo is killed in an all-cavalry fight, and Gelimer is forced to seek refuge in the mountains of Tunis
with the Berbers
Friday, December 13, 530 (Julianian calendar)
is deposed by his cousin Gelimer
after a 7-year reign. He restores arianism as the official religion of the Vandal Kingdom
and puts his uncle along with supporters in prison.
Emperor Xiao Zhuang Di is arrested and imprisoned in a Buddhist temple at Jinyang (Shanxi). He is succeeded by Chang Guang Wang and becomes the new ruler of Northern Wei.
Spring ndash Battle of Dara: Belisarius and Hermogenes ("magister officiorum") defeat a combined Persian-Arab army of 50,000 men at Dara (modern Turkey). By entrenching his infantry in a refused position in the centre line, then carrying out a cavalry envelopment to culminate a classic defensive-offensive battleplan.
Emperor Justinian I
selects a second commission to excerpt and codify the writings of the jurists on Roman law
. This becomes the "Digest
Justinian I sends an embassy
to negotiate with Hilderic. He replies: “nothing is more desirable than that a monarch
should mind his own business.”
Summer ndash Battle of Satala: A Byzantine cavalry force (30,000 men) under command of Sittas defeats a major Persian invasion into Roman Armenia.